A few of us from Maclean’s sat down recently, via videoconference, with the presidents of Canada’s five largest universities for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing their institutions and the country. This piece, from the current print edition, sets the stage for that conversation. The next issue starts hitting newsstands tomorrow, and it will contain the results of our conversation. When you get Naylor, Toope, Samarasekera, Munroe-Blum and Vinet in one (virtual) place, it’s a rare summit of academic leaders. We think you’ll find the results provocative and exciting.